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Curious Mind, Noble Heart  by Nilmandra 18 Review(s)
PSWReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 8/29/2016
I love this story, and I don't know why I have never reviewed it before. The whole situation just makes me want to laugh and shake my head all at once. I like the twins in this -- I feel like they are actually difficult to get right, by the time Estel comes along, and I think you have done well w them. Thanks for writing!

Lady_RoisinReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 9/1/2008
This was a really fun story. I haven't read many stories at all of Estel/Aragorn as a child, and I really liked how you portrayed him as a child. I loved how you had Elrond interact with him and the twins, and I thought it was great how you also included Gilraen too!The interactions between mother and son were touching and very believable, the part with the brooch was a nice touch. I enjoyed reading this story very much. :-)

Author Reply: Again, my apologies for the late review. I've been rather sick the last few months.

I am glad you liked this story - I had a lot of fun writing it. I like challenges to make sense of 'canon' when it is as odd as this! As the saying goes, before there was canon, there was The Hobbit.

TariReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 5/16/2007
I enjoyed it very much indeed. Had it not been for the MEFA awards, I would have missed it.


Author Reply: Thank you, Tari. This was a fun challenge to write.. and writing young Estel into the household a joy. Thanks for the review!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 11/29/2006
Yes, in this case curiosity came close to killing Elrohir; but at least they have Arador's sword back and returned to his folk. And the idea of the popgun is wonderful. Basically Pop is a large air rifle with large missiles to shoot. I've always loved my wooden popguns that shoot corks, myself.

Author Reply: Small boys and guns seem to have a magnetic attraction, don't they? This was a fun challenge to participate in. Glad you enjoyed.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/28/2005
This was very nice... Estel is a very curious child,too curious. Ehrohir surprised him and he sure did get a surprise himself.

The broch was a nice touch, The twins seem sad...

Lovely...Nice job

Author Reply: Thanks, Pippinheart. Glad you liked it. I enjoy writing children and Estel was certainly fun to write, curious as he was.

paranoidangelReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 5/15/2005
I've just discovered this one and loved it. I'm really looking forward to HLIII now :)

Author Reply: Thanks, Nic! Its coming, its just so blasted sad and angsty in places I can hardly bear to write it. Writing this and other light moments helps tremendously.

perellethReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 4/29/2005
(Hi, sorry it took me long, I've beeen out of the country and even out of internet reach for a doing my catching up at most levels..)

Children and weapons. Such a terrible mix…Forgive me if I don’t want to dwell on this subject…

Ho! The pop-gun, yes! IOne of those things that makes you cring, isn't it? (like gandlaf's dragon fireworks compared to an "expresss train in "A long-expected party... uhhh)Anyway,I used to think that Gandalf was referring to a toy devised by the dwarves, or the Men of Esgaroth, and now I come to learn that it was Elrond’s smith to blame for its military uses! Tsk,Tsk...

I liked very much Elladan’s concern about Estel having too many parents around. I’m curious to see how this relationship evolves in HLIII...

Another nice sample of what is yet to come, I hope!

Author Reply: Hello Perelleth -hope you had a good time away, vacation even!

Little boys and weapons seem made for each other, and yes, we can blame Elrond and his people for Mithrandir's words. Perhaps the next challenge should be explaining how he came to hear about it :D

The best part about writing this story was getting a little better feel for the relationships for HLIII. I have about 4-5 chapters written, and have written Estel just a year pre-quest and as a two year old, so this was really helpful to me.

Thank you for your ongoing enthusiasm! It is coming..hopefully I'll start posting sometime in May.

grumpyReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 4/27/2005
What a great story, I so enjoyed reading it. I love how you have written the world of elves and how they deal with a little boy, who can find a whole lot of trouble. Poor Estel, thinking he has killed his bother. And I love the idea that the twins have certain duties as his brother, to off balance all the adults.

Author Reply: Thank you, grumpy! I enjoyed writing this - it was a good exercise to try to imagine what life was like for this little boy growing up among elves and probably few if any other children. And what little boy could resist such temptation?

meckinockReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 4/27/2005
Dave Barry was once contrasting little girls and little boys. He said something to the effect that little boys, if they were placed on a desert isle and raised completely without outside influence, would instinctively seize every available piece of driftwood, imagine that they were guns, and pretend to shoot each other with them. The fact that they had never seen a gun would not matter.

This was such a great story, and such a clever way to deal with one of the Professor's early and spontaneous utterances. Before there was canon, there was The Hobbit! However to explain a pop-gun. You are a brave author, indeed!

Estel was such a believable little boy; and Imladris was portrayed as such a wondrous place for a little boy to grow up. I loved the relationship between him and the twins; and Elrohir was priceless in his observation that his duty as Estel's brother really lay in helping him avoid parental oversight and not in enforcing it! I also enjoyed Glorfindel's reluctant concurrence that this might be true.

Estel's fascination with the gun was purely genetic in origin. I think the instant he saw it the outcome was inevitable. Too bad he didn't overhear some conversation about keeping it pointed up and down range, though! Ouch. Poor little guy. I did like the repeated reference to Elrond's hand on his head, even as Elrond ran past to get to Elrohir.

I liked Gilraen's involvement here and her partnership with Elrond; she is so often slighted as a factor in Estel's rearing. The references to Arador were intriguing. Of course he would have been as real to the twins as Aragorn and Arathorn, and what a well-placed reminder of that in his brooch. What a warm and enjoyable story. I just wonder what happened to Pop...

Author Reply: LOL at Dave Barry - I would completely agree. The daycare behind me has mostly little boys and not one of them can resist picking up a stick and swinging at or 'shooting' someone (I just wish they were aimed less often at my dogs...)

As I am working on HLIII, I have written Estel at 2 and as an adult, so this was a good exercise to try to imagine what roles and relationsihps each of these people played in his life as he grew up. I am glad he came across as believable -and I think the twins are endlessly amused by him.

It has also been good to consider Gilraen and how she and Elrond might have split parenting duties, and how she fit into Elrond's household. And you hit perfectly on the head that Arador and Arathorn were known and real to the twins, and how many things they probably had to draw back from - just everyday conversation things, so that they wouldn't speak things in front of Estel that he was not meant to hear yet.

AS for Pop, I think if you cruise on down to the artifacts rooms with all the pictures and statutes, he is hung on the wall next to a picture of Elrohir being knocked over by a metal ball....

Thanks for the review - I am glad you liked the story.

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 4/27/2005
A very nice tale of little Estel, Nilmandra - I loved how his curiosity nearly lead to disaster. Poor Estel - poor Elrohir. I'd wondered why he was so grumpy and out-of-sorts. The ending with Arador's brooch was sad but sweet, and I like to think of Elrohir returning it when Aragorn is old enough to understand.


Author Reply: I think that would be a neat scene, actually, and perhaps the brooch will show up in HLIII. This was fun to write - as soon as I saw the challenge it just looked too good to pass up.

Thanks for reading!

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